Lokum, Traditional Turkish Delight

Discover Turkey and taste world famous lokum

Turkish Delight

One of Turkey's most famous exports, Turkish delight (lokum) is the most well known sweet in the world associated with Turkish cuisine. Nearly all candy shops sell Turkish delight, which can be seasoned with many different flavours.


Turkish delight is a traditional candy, also better known as lokum in Turkish. Traditional Turkish delight has been produced since the 15th century and is the most famous and well known Turkish candy in the world.

Nearly all candy shops sell Turkish delight, which can be seasoned with many different flavours such as rose, walnut, coconut, almond, milk cream, mint, mastic, fruit, date, cinnamon, ginger, pistachio, carnation, chocolate and coffee.

Lokum, which is probably the best known Turkish candy, is an essential piece in gift packs to bring back home. There are lots of famous lokum brands in Turkey. This precursor to the jelly bean is made from a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar, and has countless flavours varying from rose to lemon. Nuts like pistachios or hazelnuts are also added to enrich the flavour.

The Delight of Turkey

Turkish delight tastes like a piece of heaven and is incredibly popular. Different kinds of the delight consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel. Traditional varieties are often flavoured with rosewater, mastic, ergamot orange, or lemon. The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar, copra, or powdered cream of tartar, to prevent clinging. Other common flavours include cinnamon and mint.

The world adores these cubes of sweetness, so you have to be quick when the package opens. Don't forget to pick up a box of Turkish delight on your way back home.

7 of the best shops to buy Turkish delight in Turkey;

  • Haci Bekir Sekercisi, Istanbul
  • Ali Galip Sekercisi, Izmir
  • Cemilzade, Istanbul
  • Safranbolu Lokumcusu, Safranbolu
  • Ikbal Sekerleme, Afyon
  • Yeni Ugur Helvacisi, Adana
  • Ali Uzun Sekerleme, Ankara

How to Serve

Lokum is often served with Turkish coffee at the end of a meal. A dinner table never lacks Turkish delight that are cube shaped confections flavoured with flower or fruit essence, filled with different nuts and powdered sugar.

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